Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there costs associated with visiting the SMMC?

All of the costs of the SMMC are covered in your payment of your tuition and fees. There is no additional cost for our programs and services.

What services are offered?

The services offered by the SMMC include workshops, presentations, and personal consultations.

Workshops are large group presentations that cover a variety of financial topics affecting college students of every age and life situation. We host several workshops each semester designed to meet the needs of our students here at Sam Houston. The topics of our workshops are planned in advance and vary semester to semester. For a list of our upcoming workshops, click here. To stay up to date on our latest workshops and receive reminders connect with us on social media or join our mailing list!

Presentations are given by request and may be tailored to the needs and interests of the group to whom the presentation is being given. Presentations can be given in a classroom setting, or to campus organizations on campus or wherever they meet. To request a presentation, click here to fill out our presentation request form. For more information, contact the SMMC by calling 936-294-2600 or emailing us at smmc@shsu.edu.

Personal consultations are confidential sessions between students and SMMC staff who are Certified Personal Finance Counselors®.  A consultation targets specific needs and creates a personalized action plan for financial success. 

Common subject matter includes: creating in-school and post-college budgets, helping students understand their fee statements, guiding the assessment of their financial aid packages and refunds, discussing strategies to possibly reduce their student debt, helping navigate the process of student loan repayment, and discussing methods to help students stay in school.

Students can discuss their financial issues in a non-judgmental environment, receive personalized answers to their financial questions, and develop a working budget and action plan.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Are Personal Consultations confidential?

The SMMC is dedicated to upholding the students’ right to confidentiality.

The issue of confidentiality is especially important in personal consultations where personal financial information is discussed. It is important that a student feel comfortable sharing information about their finances in these sessions, and confidentiality aids in this process. Therefore, information provided to the SMMC staff not be shared with anyone outside of University staff unless expressed permission is granted by the student.

Can my friend or significant other attend my appointment with me?

You are welcome to bring anyone to your appointment whom you feel should be present.

Is there a limit to the number of appointments I can have?

There is no limit to the number of appointments a student can have at the SMMC. You may meet with us as often as is necessary for you to address your financial needs.

Be aware, however, that missed appointments may affect your ability to make other appointments on My Success Planner.

Will you help me throughout my college career?

The SMMC is committed to partnering with students from the moment they begin their college experience to graduation and beyond. We have many different programs tailored to the varying experiences and needs of students throughout their college careers. The needs of both traditional and non-traditional students are important, and the SMMC adapts its services to the students we serve.

When is the SMMC available to help me?

The Center is open between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday at the main campus, in the Student Services Annex, at 919 Bearkat Blvd. Arrangements can be made for students who attend classes at The Woodlands Center.

All students are encouraged to make an appointment through My Success Planner.

How is the SMMC valuable to SHSU students?

Financial issues are a major form of stress among college students. Studies show that the majority of college students are worried about their finances. Research has also shown that the number one cause of college dropout is financial issues.

Student debt is also on the rise, which has been problematic for individuals and for our nation. Excessive student loan debt can cause significant financial burdens for graduates and has the potential to interfere with their day-to-day decisions.

With these facts in mind, the Division of Student Services created the Student Money Management Center to address the financial problems that face our students here at Sam Houston State University. Our services are designed to give students superior financial education that will allow them to understand their fee statements, assess their financial aid package and refund, reduce their student debt, navigate the process of student loan repayment, and be able to stay in school.


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